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Washington was accused of murdering Lucy Fryer, the wife of the cotton farmer he worked for.
Courtesy Lucy Wollitz Kirkland



This is a picture of the crowd of spectators who gathered to watch the lynching of Jesse Washington,
a 17 year old African-American farmhand



A postcard showing the burned body of Jesse Washington, Waco, Texas, 1916. This image is from
a postcard, which said on the back, "This is the barbecue we had last night. My picture is to
the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe."



Here’s the back of it.



Seventeen-year-old Jesse Washington was accused of the crime, and shortly after a jury found him guilty,
he was seized by a mob, chained and dragged to City Hall. Author Patricia Bernstein believes Washington
was still alive in this photo.
Courtesy of the Texas Collection, Baylor University



Washington was pulled up City Hall's hanging tree and then burned. About 15,000 people,
half of Waco's population, had gathered to watch the lynching.
Courtesy of the Texas Collection, Baylor University



Spectators looking at charred corpse of Jesse Washington hanging from tree after lynching, Waco, Texas, May 15, 1916, LC-USZ62-38917. In Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the NAACP Records.





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